ARE YOU GRANT READY?
What makes organizations attractive to grantors?
Understanding the grant funding process from concept to final
reports is critical to making yourself grant ready. This workshop
will provide an introduction to grant applications including:
making sure your organization has what it needs, where to search
for public and private grant sources, what grant makers want
to hear about a project, and the realities of getting a grant
including project management and reports. COST: $50 per member/
$75 per non-member RSVP: Register by March 1. Call 217-524-6977
or email HPA.IAM@illinois.gov.
Workshop is offered 3 times in March:
Date/Time: Saturday, March 8
Location: DuPage Children’s Museum, Naperville
Date/Time: Thursday, March 13
Location: Peoria Riverfront Museum
Date/Time: Saturday, March 15
Location: Southern Illinois Art & Artisan Center, Whittington
Advocacy is for all museum professionals- not
just administrators! We are offering special help for first
time attendees of Museum Day- learn what it’s all about
and the simple ways your can be a cheerleader for museums. Museum
Day is co-sponsored by Illinois Association of Museums, Illinois
State Museum, Museums in the Park, and Arts Alliance Illinois.
For more information, please call 217-524-6977 or email email@example.com.
Public Museum Capital Grants Program Accepting Applications
Illinois Jobs Now! Capital Program Providing
$20 Million in Grant Funding
Public museums in Illinois can receive funding
assistance to improve museum facilities and develop new exhibits
through the Illinois Public Museum Capital Grants Program.
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR),
which administers the program, is accepting applications from
qualifying public museums. The deadline to apply is 5:00 pm
on Monday, February 3, 2014.
“Museums play a vital role in helping students,
families, and visitors to Illinois better understand the culture,
history, and natural heritage of local communities and of our
state,” said IDNR Director Marc Miller. “The Public
Museum Capital Grants Program can assist local public museums
in meeting their educational missions by upgrading or expanding
A total of $20 million in funding from the state’s
“Illinois Jobs Now!” capital program has been made
available for public museum capital grants for Fiscal Year (FY)
2014. The maximum grant award for qualifying projects for FY
2014 is $750,000. Projects will be reviewed solely on the merit
of the application as presented; no changes to the funding request
will be initiated during the review process.
The level of local matching funds required for
each project is based on the level of attendance at the applicant
museum during the preceding calendar year. Since the program
is funded by capital development bonds, only those museums operated
by or located upon land owned by a unit of local government
In FY 2012, the Illinois Public Museum Capital
Grants Program granted $15 million to 49 museums for projects
ranging from expanded facilities to exhibits and infrastructure
For detailed information on the application process,
museum eligibility, matching fund requirements, and a copy of
the application form, check the web site at this link: http://www.museum.state.il.us/programs/musgrants/.
Copies of the application forms can also be obtained
by contacting the Division of Grants, Illinois Department of
Natural Resources, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL
62702-1271, email DNR.Grants@Illinois.gov,
the IAM List Serve
IAM has a List Serve to keep members and interested
parties up-to-date on issues of interest to museum volunteers
and staff. Join
the list serve.
IAM Selects New Executive
The Illinois Association of Museums has named Jeanne Schultz
Angel as the new Executive Director effective November 1, 2013.
Angel will replace outgoing director Donna Sack who was recently
named the director of the Association of Midwest Museums.
Kate Schureman stated, "the Board of the Illinois Association
of Museums is very pleased to welcome Jeanne Schultz Angel as
our new Executive Director. We are thrilled with the addition
of Jeanne as the association's Executive Director, and look forward
to the many opportunities that she will bring to our state's wide
variety of museums."
Angel comes to the position with over ten years of experience
as an executive director, most recently from the Lombard Historical
Society, winner of the IAM award of “Small Institution of
the Year”. Angel was the President of the Kane-DuPage Regional
Museum Association and is an Illinois Humanities Council Road
Scholar. She is a 2010 graduate of the prestigious Seminar for
Historical Administration and the state representative for the
American Association of State and Local History national awards
program. Angel has BS in Anthropology/English and Masters in History
from Illinois State University and has worked in the museum field
“I am excited about this opportunity and eager to learn
more about the wide variety of museums in Illinois and how IAM
can help build a positive network of highly trained professionals,”
says Angel. “The museum profession has transformed over
the last decade and I look forward to serving our members in the
ongoing efforts to foster positive change in their communities.”
Each year, the American Alliance of Museums presents awards
to a few select members of Congress who have demonstrated their
support of museums. This year, Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois
was honored during AAM's Museums Advocacy Day on February 26 at
a special Congressional reception. Other awardees were Senator
Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Representative David McKinley (R-WV), and
Representative John Lewis (D-GA).
Thank you Senator Durbin for your ongoing
support of Illinois museums!
Photograph courtesy of the American Alliance of
Museums, Front row, L to R: Kate Neumiller Schureman, V.P of Administration,
Peoria Riverfront Museum; Donna Sack, Executive Director, Illinois
Association of Museums; Bonnie Styles, Executive Director, Illinois
State Museum; Karen Witter, Adjunct Museum Associate, Illinois
State Museum; Senator Dick Durbin; Jim Richerson, President and
CEO, Peoria Riverfront Museum. Back Row; L to R: Gail Ravnitzky
Silberglied, Senior Director of Government Relations and Advocacy,
American Alliance of Museums; Justina Doyle, University of Buffalo;
Fritz Klein as President Abraham Lincoln; Marybeth Johnson, Vice
President, Lincoln Park Zoo, Ford Bell, President, American Alliance
2013 Economic Impact Statement
Thank you to all the museums who participated in the 2013 Economic
Impact Statement! The survey will be featured in Springfield at
Museum Day 2013 on April 11. Click here
to view the 2013 economic impact statement of IAM and our state's
Create both and Education and Economic Impact Statement for your
own museum and bring it to your state legislators. Great how-to
tips for creating your own statements can be found on the American
Alliance of Museums website at http://www.aam.org/advocacy.